Prospect Hill Plantation Inn & Restaurant
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Prospect Hill Plantation Inn & Restaurant is one of the most distinctive bed and breakfast inns in Charlottesville Virginia. Just up the road from historic Monticello, this distinctive inn offers the finest in Virginia dining and lodging
Perfect for corporate retreats, this exquisite Charlottesville bed and breakfast inn offers thirteen fireplace rooms and suites, most with Jacuzzis, and an irresistible array of amenities in a quiet setting on 50 acres of grounds, fields, and woods.
Hide away and discover the treasures of Jefferson's Monticello, Madison's Montpelier, and Monroe's Ashlawn-Highlands in the Virginia home of Presidents and beyond while staying in one of the finest of bed and breakfast inns in Charlottesville Virginia, Prospect Hill Plantation Inn and Restaurant.
Prospect Hill, located just 15 miles East of Charlottesville, VA, is an authentic 18th century plantation complex consisting of the 1732 manor house with additions from the 1840s to the 1920s with all seven of the original dependencies and former slave quarters dating from 1699 to 1850.
Since 1977 the Sheehan family has renovated this historic manor and outbuildings into thirteen distinctive guest rooms, all with private baths and working fireplaces, and most (eight suites and cottages) with double Jacuzzi whirlpool baths. Each guest room and cottage is unique. By keeping each room's original function as intact as possible, these guest rooms and suites vary from elegant to rustic, but all lodging rooms are charming and romantic with antique furnishings and pillow top queen and king size beds and modern bathroom amenities.
Our two candlelight dining rooms have been serving the finest culinary delights since 1977 to locals and overnight guests. We offer B&B package lodging rates (from $195 to $350) that include wine and snacks in room on arrival, pre-dinner wine reception, breakfast-in-bed (or in the dining room), and all staff gratuities. Dinner is served on weekends (Friday and Saturday) at 8:00PM at $39 and up. These pre-fixe dinners include our complimentary wine reception and the complete four course dinner including dessert. Additional wine with dinner, 5% sales tax, and gratuities are not included.
Guests are invited to arrive one-half hour prior for our pre-dinner wine reception. We invite our guests to dress for dinner as they would to visit friends. For some that means all dressed up and to others it means "dressy (or business) casual." We ask for dinner reservations so we know how many guests are coming, but we encourage you to call, even at the last minute, as we usually can squeeze in a few more guests. All major credit cards and personal checks are accepted.
The grounds at Prospect Hill are magnificent with many of the original 1840 plantings of trees, including the rarest magnolia in the United States, forming a 5 acre arboretum (tree garden). There is a lovely outdoor swimming pool with shade pavilion, as well as, many private places to relax on our almost 50 acres of grounds. A large Garden Pavilion is perfect for quiet reflection and has been the site of hundreds of wedding ceremonies at Prospect Hill, which has the reputation as one of the premier wedding and small meeting locations in Virginia.
A large white tent will house the wedding reception of your dreams among ancient trees overlooking still meadows. The inn staff prepares a sumptuous wedding repast for as few as 25 and up to 250 guests. Smaller parties can also be accommodated indoors in the Rose Room, the former 1840 ballroom of the manor.
Please browse our website for more info, pictures, and virtual tours. You can make your lodging reservations directly on-line or call us at (800) 277-0844 and one of our staff innkeepers will be happy to assist you. We are looking forward to your visit.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Doc Findley for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Superb reputation (we’ve been innkeeping for more than 150 years); Our unique property (a genuine Plantation complex nearly as it existed 250 years ago); Our relaxing grounds, and our incredible service.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We’re one of only a handful of country inns with slave quarters still standing. Our oldest cabin was constructed in 1699, used by slaves, and is still rented nightly to our guests! Guests get a genuine feel of what plantation life was like in the South during the 18th and 19th centuries.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Fascinating history crucial to the founding of our country.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Learn about the founding of our country by visiting three U.S. President’s homes nearby (Thomas Jefferson – Monticello; James Madison – Montpelier; John Monroe – Ash Lawn-Highland); Visit several of the 20+ local wineries/vineyards and see why Virginia is famous for wines.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Nothing… but miles and miles of rolling pastures (however, our 40 acres has lots to see, including walking trails, horses, sheep, etc).
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Our own dining room, of course (though we serve dinner only on the weekends)
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
How many rooms does your inn have?
Eleven rooms total (3 in the Manor House, 8 in our historic cottages).
Do you accept pets?
Yes, we welcome dogs in most of our cottages.
Dining at Prospect Hill Plantation is an unusual culinary experience. The Sheehan family is continuing the tradition that goes back to 1874 when the Overton family first began taking in guests after the Civil War. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy a complimentary refreshment while acquainting themselves with fellow diners by a crackling fire, or stroll the grounds or explore the wine cellar. Since 1977 the dining experience at Prospect Hill has begun the same way ---- the innkeeper's bell announces the start of a four-course repast created by the inn's talented culinary staff. After the innkeeper offers a simple blessing, warm bread just out of the oven arrives and the meal begins. Just sit back and enjoy leisurely dining and good fellowship.
Menu selections are chosen from the finest of fresh regional ingredients and feature creative, original recipes with a distinct European influence. The dining room is open by reservation throughout the week. Special dietary needs are always accommodated with advance notice. Additional dinner guests are always welcome to join us for our four course prie-fixe dinner at $39 and up per person (served Fri and Sat at 8 PM). Our prie-fixe dinner includes our complimentary wine reception one-half hour prior and complete four course dinner with dessert. Additional wine with dinner, staff gratuities, and 5% sales tax are not included.
- Exclusive and Private Facilities include:
- Executive Board Room 29' x 16'
- Multiple Private Phone Lines & Fax
- Complete Audio-Visual Services
- Continental Dining in Private Rooms
- Distinctive Lodging
- Pastoral Setting
- Complete Confidentially Assured
Selected often as one of America's best full service B&B inns with fine dining restaurant, Prospect Hill extends this same level of gracious hospitality to our business guests. Private corporate functions are customized to suit your needs. No other group will be accommodated during your stay. Dining, seminars and recreation are tailored to your individual requirements. Transportation services, historic estate or winery tours, golf and other activities may be arranged. Local airport for private aircraft just minutes away.
How To Find Us
From the North
I-95 South to the Washington, DC Beltway ( I-495 West) to Route 29 South. Continue south to last Culpepper exit which is for Route 15 South to Orange. Continue south on 15 (turn left at the traffic circle) and proceed thru Gordonsville to just past I-64 at Zion Crossroads. At Zion Crossroads turn left onto Rt. # 250, Three Notched Road, proceed I mile and turn left onto Poindexter Rd. Prospect Hill is 3 miles ahead on the left.
From the South
1-95 North to Richmond, Virginia, take I-64 West to Exit 136, turn left on Route 15 heading South for 1/2 mile to Zion Crossroads. At Zion Crossroads turn left at the traffic light onto Rt. #250 Three Notched Road, proceed I mile and turn left onto Poindexter Rd. Prospect Hill is 3 miles ahead on the left.
From the East
1-64 West to Exit 136, left on Route 15 south and go 1/2 mile to the traffic light at Zion Crossroads then turn left onto Rt. #250, Three Notched Road, proceed I mile and turn left onto Poindexter Rd. Prospect Hill is 3 miles ahead on the left.
From the West
From I-81 take I-64 East past Charlottesville, Virginia, to Exit 136. Turn right onto Route #15 South and go 1/2 mile to the traffic light at Zion Crossroadsthen turn left onto Rt. #250, Three Notched Road, proceed I mile and turn left onto Poindexter Rd. Prospect Hill is 3 miles ahead on the left.
Weddings & Special Events
Magical Weddings at Prospect Hill
Weddings have so many variables such as the number of guests, whether you will need a tent, dance floor, an open bar or just wines, etc. So we ask that you please call our wedding coordinator, Mrs. Jerrie Smethurst, between 9 and 3 on most Mondays thru Thursdays and she will be happy to discuss your specific needs and will give you a quote with the options you discuss.
She will also be glad to set up an appointment at your convenience to come for a visit to view our beautiful plantation grounds and facilities and see why so many couples have enjoyed the most romantic wedding experience here at Prospect Hill. We promise you will not be disappointed.